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INEOS continues pipeline repairs

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INEOS has announced that it is making steady progress towards the safe repair of the Forties Pipeline. A continued assessment has confirmed that the hairline crack has stabilised. The crack has not propagated since flow of oil and gas through the pipe was stopped on 11 December.

Repairs are progressing well, and a number of options are currently being developed. The custom parts necessary for some of these options have now been fabricated and are being delivered to the site over the coming days as we progress the preferred method of repair from today.

At this stage, it is still too early to say exactly how long the repair will take to complete, and there is no change to the previously indicated timescale of two to four weeks from 11 December. The company will work to complete this as quickly as possible but safety is its highest priority.

A precautionary safety cordon remains at 150 m. The restricted access to the road to the site (the unclassified CK12 Netherley to Cookney road) remains closed by police and all non-essential drivers are being requested to seek alternative routes to ensure that the road remains clear for essential works.

The company apologises to its customers and the local community for the issues while it is working hard to minimise the impact of the pipeline.

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